NOVASOL Holiday homes in Spain with a bubbly history

The production of sparkling wine began in the 19th century around the same time as the production of Champagne. Who the first to make sparkling wine in Spain was is debatable, but all are in agreement that the method of fermentation in bottle was developed in the Penedès. This is the wine region of Catalonia, and those who are interested in wine should make an excursion from their Spain holiday villas so see how this iconic beverage is made. One of the most famous specialties of Catalonia is cava, which is produced by the traditional method.

Villas in Barcelona and cava from Catalonia

In Spain there are 159 municipalities in which the production of Cava is approved, but Sant Sadurni d'Anoia in Catalonia is especially well-renowned for a long history of making and distributing sparkling wine. In fact, this Catalan town produces only 90% of this globally celebrated drink! Most of the roughly one hundred quality sects of D.O. Cava come from this area in Barcelona as there is here the ideal cellar for maturation of sparkling wines. Why not combine your stay at NOVASOL villas in Barcelona with a visit to the champagne cellars?

a food pairings to test at your Spain holiday villas

Of course, fine wine and fine dining go hand in hand, so we recommend learning the best food pairings with cava to maximize your gastronomic experience. Whether you are eating at a tapas bar or restaurant or cooking for yourself at your holiday homes in Spain, take note! Cava is a match made in heaven for blue fish such as tuna, mackerel and sardines – the fizzy sensation working well against oily fish. Sparkling wine also complements pasta and rice as they have a neutral, earthy flavour. Fresh fruit, sweet deserts and chocolate have always been a popular pairing with cava and could add a touch of romance to your meal.

Exclusive self-catering Spain with exclusive wine

The classic sparkling wine, cava, is made from the white grapes Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada, there is also cava from Chardonnay grapes, and from Gamatxa, Monastrell, Trepat and Pinot Noir. Despite its many origins, this does not affect the exclusivity of this wine. Freixenet enjoys a worldwide reputation as one of the largest cava producers in the country. The company started in the 19th century with the Sekt production. Since 1941, they produced ‘Freixenet Cava Carta Nevada’ and since 1974, the ‘Cava Cordon Negro.’ So enhance your experience self-catering Spain by trying these illustrious products.